Explanation of ETEEAP Logo’s Signs and Symbols

Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), as embodied in CMO No. 54 series of 2016 known as “Revised Policies, Standards and Guidelines for the Implementation of ETEEAP Pursuant to EO 330”, is an educational scheme which allows deputized schools to assess and give credit to knowledge, skills and learning obtained by individuals from formal, non-formal and informal educational experiences. SSC-R Manila is awarded a certificate of deputization by CHED Commission en banc last April 16, 2012 to offer undergraduate academic programs and confer academic degrees through ETEEAP.


The year when San Sebastian College-Manila was established by the Province of San de Nicolas de Tolentino of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects (OAR) as a new program of academic expansion.


The laurel symbolizes victory, fame, success, and prosperity, according to the Bible. It is also considered to be an emblem of the resurrection of Christ. As an inspiration of creativity and quality it adheres to the ETEEAP objectives of ensuring innovative means of obtaining the necessary competencies and ensuring the integrity, quality and standards of the ETEAP implementation.


The globe represents a sphere emblematic of sovereignty and our adherence to the school’s Vision and Mission that our ETEEAP graduates are intellectually and globally competitive individuals, ready to meet the needs and demands of the local and global communities imbued with Augustinian Recollect values.


The gear represents our continuous and unceasing transmission of motion and change of speed for a goal and direction in life. This also symbolizes the dynamic and unending holistic formation of every ETEEAP student to become socially responsible, morally upright, academically and technologically competent leader and professional ready to meet the needs and demands of the local and global communities.


The pierced heart recalls Augustine’s deep experience of God’s love which “pierced [his] heart like an arrow…” (Confession IX, 2, 3). Steeped in Biblical tradition, Augustine teaches that the heart is the core of the person. It is also the symbol of love: God’s infinite love for man and man’s sincere efforts to respond to God’s love.


Right at the center of this core, God has shot an arrow. He speaks to us in the heart. His speech can wound, but the wound is at the same time healing (cf. Isaiah 53:5). That is why every Sebastinian must realize that his being a child of God carries with it pain, sufferings and sacrifices – that God speaks to him through words that pierce like arrows. Not that God wants to inflict pain on us per se, but sometimes God seems to hurt us to remind us that He is around. However, Scripture assures us that: “He has injured us but he will bind up our wounds” (Hosea 6:1).


The flame on the heart represents human restlessness. In spite of sin and smallness vis-à-vis God most holy and great, man feels the longing to reach out to his Creator. And this restlessness, Augustine is convinced, is put there by God himself: “Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is your power, and your wisdom is infinite. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” (Conf. I, 1, 1).


The book symbolizes the Scriptures and strict adherence to the teachings and the authority of the Church.


Red symbolizes sacrifice, martyrdom, bravery and baptism.


Stands for nobility in the quest for the highest standards in sports, in profession and in life.


Symbolizes unity of the school community amidst the restlessness of the heart’s pilgrimage, a heart that finds rest only in God (cf. Confessions I, 1,1.)


Symbolizes our search for interiority, which is the essence of the Recollect identity; the search is at once imperative and difficult, given the temptation, increasingly greater at present, for one to be dissipated in external things.